Archive for the ‘morale’ Category

Economy: World Needs an Upbeat Message; Where Are The “Leaders”?

January 31, 2009

People worldwide are “depressed and traumatized” to see their life savings, including homes and pension funds, disappearing, Rupert Murdoch said at a press briefing in Davos, Switzerland, last week.

And President Obama’s Inauguration speech on January 20 (that seems like a lomg time ago already) didn’t exactly hit a chord of uplifting delight.

And there have been several suicides of financial “experts” or people who lost a lot of money recently.

The war on terror and good times seems to have put us all to sleep.  The shopping malls were full and most of us had jobs.

Now the shopping malls are not full and the credit card needs to be paid off.

Maybe the American people need to make some sacrifices.

But let’s not forget, mankind has survived more than this.

 
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao passed our compensation money to earthquake survivors last week to start the Lunar New Year.

So maybe someone needs to step forward and give the world a pep talk, or a good old “fireside chat.”

Remember the line, “We have nothing to fear except fear itself”?

We might also consider some old passe tools like prayer and hope and faith and service to others.

Because there are now four Americans trying to get every available job and unemployment won’t last forever.

Because no matter how much cocaine and alcohol is applied to an economic meltdown the Visa and Mastercard still have to be paid…

Enter Gordon Brown who says in the UK at least the public can harness the “British spirit” and remain resolute and upbeat.

Note to our leaders: Leadership needs to remember that the public needs a morale boost now and again.

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By Andrew Porter, Political Editor, in Davos
From the Telegraph (UK)

Gordon Brown has issued a passionate appeal to the British people for optimism in the face of the economic downturn, insisting that confidence will see the country through the deepening recession.

While admitting that Britain is “in the eye of the storm”, the Prime Minister said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that the country will see off the worst of the slowdown if the public can harness the “British spirit” and remain resolute and upbeat.

International forecasters say that Britain is heading for the deepest recession of any advanced economy, with unemployment predicted to pass 3  million, but Mr Brown appeals against “talking the country down”.

In a striking show of optimism, he declares: “I am absolutely confident about Britain’s future. I have utter confidence in our ability to come through this. I have utter confidence not only in the British people’s determination to come through this, but that people will work together to make sure Britain emerges from this.

“The British spirit is to see a problem, identify it, and get on with solving it. Once a problem hits us we are determined and resolute and we are adamant that we are going to deal with that problem.

“And that is the resolve, not just of the Government, but the resolve of the whole people.”

The Prime Minister, attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, admits that the stakes could not be higher, saying that if a London summit of world leaders in April fails, then the world risks

sliding into protectionism and an economic slump similar to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The April summit, hosted by Mr Brown, will bring together leaders of the G20 economies, including Barack Obama, the US president.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetop
ics/davos/4404491/Gordon-Brown-All-Britain-
needs-is-confidence-in-itself.html

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Could Obama Keep Bush CIA Director, Angering Left?

December 7, 2008

A whisper campaign among intelligence officers is rallying support for CIA Director Michael V. Hayden to continue in his post during the Obama administration, after the man widely thought to be the new president’s first choice for the job withdrew from consideration last month.

By Susan A. Carter  
The Washington Times

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Hayden

“Asking Hayden to stay on for a period of time would just make sense,” said a senior government official and Hayden supporter, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. “Hayden has done an extraordinary job lifting the morale of the agency, and he’s been vital in the war on terror. It’s not an easy position to fill.”

President-elect Barack Obama, who is rumored to be seeking a successor for Mr. Hayden, has so far shown no indication of his plans for the CIA director, who has served since May 2006. Brooke Anderson, national security spokeswoman for the Obama transition team, declined to comment on the subject Saturday.

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

John Diamond, a veteran journalist covering the intelligence community and the author of “The CIA and the Culture of Failure,” praised Mr. Hayden for restoring CIA morale after the tenure of Porter J. Goss.

“It’s conceivable he could be a transition figure for a limited period of time while the Obama camp considers options,” Mr. Diamond said.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/
dec/07/bid-alive-to-keep-hayden-at-cia/